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Living in South Korea guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in South Korea with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information

Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Citizens from a hundred countries can stay in South Korea during 90 days with a valid passport. To stay for more than 90 days, you can opt for a tourist visa.

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  • In South Korea, you can marry a foreigner or a South Korean national. The formalities depend on your nationality.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You can apply for a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) if you want to work in South Korea for a year. It allows you to work and study in the country.

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  • If you plan to study or make a family visit in Korea, you can apply for a visa at the South Korea Embassy in your country.

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  • If you are seeking professional experience in South Korea, you can apply for a work visa, a business visa or a partnership visa.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in South Korea? The digital nomad's guide to South Korea will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Jobs are available in various sectors in the city of Busan in South Korea, especially in industry, information and communication technology, trade...

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  • South Korea offers a business-friendly environment. If you want to invest or manage a company in the country, you must apply for a business visa.

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  • It is best to find an internship from abroad if you wish to acquire professional experience in South Korea. You will have to apply for an internship visa.

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  • To find a job in South Korea, check the classified ads in local newspapers or job websites. You can also seek help from a hiring agency.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • South Korea has a variety of accommodation. You can rent a studio, apartment, villa or an individual house. Prices are rather affordable.

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  • Different types of accommodations are available in the South Korean capital city. You can choose from studios, apartments, villas, etc, in Seoul.

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  • If you are moving to Busan, South Korea, you can rent an apartment, a house, or even a studio. Housing prices are affordable.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • South Korea has world famous universities that are open to international students. This article will answer your questions about studying in South Korea.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • South Korea's health system is quite developed. However, you are advised to subscribe to a health and repatriation insurance before traveling.

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  • My experience in the public health system, Korea.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account

Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • If you live in South Korea, you will have to pay tax. Find information on the country's taxation system in this article.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • The transport in South Korea makes it easy to get around the country for work and leisure.

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  • This article is about taking the subway and bus system in Seoul Korea.

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  • My experiences of using the subway in 3 different cities of Korea.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • To drive in South Korea, you need an international driver's licence. If you're staying for more than a year, you can also exchange your driver's licence.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • If you are moving to South Korea with your belongings, you must find a reliable moving company to move your things to South Korea safely.

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  • Packing your stuff like a pro befor moving abroad !

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • South Korea's telephone network is one of the most developed in the world, and mobile phones are an essential part of the lives of the locals.

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  • South Korea has the fastest internet in the world and its population is among the best-connected in the world.

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  • If you already have a smart phone, but don't want to commit to a 2 year phone contract, there is an alternative--and it's a lot cheaper!

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • South Koreans love sports and are very active. If you, too, are a sports fan, you will enjoy the sports enthusiasm in South Korea.

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  • From hikes in spectacular nature reserves to amusement parks and historical sites, South Korea has leisure activities for everyone.

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  • The most common types of childcare services in South Korea are nursery schools, preschools, and nannies.

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  • When moving to South Korea, you can import products such as tobacco and alcoholic drinks in small amounts without paying taxes. Fire arms are prohibited.

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  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies and have a health card to be able to travel with you to South Korea. It must also wear an identification microchip.

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  • Whether you are traveling or living in Korea, check out these travel apps that will make your stay easy and comfortable.

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